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Brayden Swathwood movie review: ‘Let Me In’

Published 8:00am Friday, June 28, 2013

‘Let Me In”
4 out of 5 stars
Rating: R
Genre: Drama, horror, mystery

Instead of going to the movies, why not take a break, sit down, and rent a great horror mystery film? “Let Me In” is the perfect movie for a great night filled with popcorn and cuddled up in a blanket. Offering a nonviolent type of horror, “Let Me In” is easily one of the greatest remakes in horror film history.
“Let Me In” is a remake of a true 2008 Swedish classic “Let the Right One In,” an adaptation of the stunning novel written by John Ajvide Lindqvist. But what makes “Let Me In” a great film, considering its gutsy move of creating the remake only two years after the original is everything.
Besides switching nationalities from Swedish to American, “Let Me In” director Matt Reeves stays true to the original, which is a green light for any remake.
The story is about a young bullied boy who meets a same-aged female vampire at the playground near his apartment. Abby’s first words to Owen were “We can’t be friends,” because Owen had no idea who or what she was. But of course, Owen and Abby become great friends. Along the way, Owen may have a small crush on Abby.
Abby lives in secrecy with a guardian, who is human, and it is that person’s job to find blood for her since she does not enjoy killing for food. This is one great original idea, since in most vampire films, we watch them kill. Does Abby hunt for food at times? Yes.
After befriending Owen, Abby offers advice on how to deal with bullies. But, when he discovers who she is, he changes just slightly, but has more confidence in himself.  One false move, and Abby could be history.
The on-screen duo is performed by two now 16-year-old celebrities, Kodi Smitt-McPhee and Chloe Grace Moretz. Usually when you put two young stars together in a film, you get some B-rated film to where it gives you headaches because it’s just two kids pretending to know how to act. Here, we get a grade-A quality duo with McPhee and Moretz. Both have received many horror film-related awards.
When you look at the last decade in vampires, what do you see? I see the same stories about vampires running out of blood, and a whole lot of glitter. One of the great things about this masterpiece is it relates to a modern day problem, such as bullying. So instead of watching a film that you have seen before, “Let Me In” brings a unique story about two young vampires who help each other.
Now, you may ask yourself, when was it in theaters? “Let Me In” was a great box office flop only grossing about $12 million dollars. This is the one reason it was underlooked by audiences. There are tons of fine classics that were box office flops, and “Let Me In” is sadly one of those.
The film ends just as the original, a terrifyingly gory scene in a pool where Owen is being bullied after school hours. Here we see the true side of Abby, a Lucifer-type destroying vampire who will do anything to protect a friend.
Before thinking to yourself “Vampires are lame and so is ‘Twilight,’” rethink this and you’ll be stunned.
From Kodi to Chloe to the dark evilness and kindness in the story, “Let Me In” is easily one of the greatest American horror films ….. ever.

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